UND Title IX
Doug Barrett | Oct 5, 2017 AT 7:27 am
The U-S Office of Civil Rights has dismissed two complaints against the University of North Dakota’s over reshaping of its sports programs. The O-C-R determined there was “insufficient evidence” to suggest the University discriminated against female students when it eliminated women’s hockey after the 2017 season – and men’s and women’s swimming.
In closing the complaint the O-C-R concluded women’s hockey was cut due to the state’s budgetary crisis. The office also dismissed Title IX arguments that students on the women’s team were treated differently based on gender.
In a prepared statement U-N-D Athletic Director Brian Faison says U-N-D strives to be fair and equitable in all athletic programs. He goes on to say that the conclusions by the Office for Civil rights uphold those ideals even under the most challenging budgetary circumstances.
Dear President Kennedy:
The U.S. Department of Education (Department), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has completed its investigation of the above-referenced complaint filed with OCR on April 1, 2017, against the University of North Dakota (University), alleging that the University has subjected female students to discrimination on the basis of sex. Specifically, the complaint alleges the University discriminates against female students on the basis of sex because the selection of intercollegiate sports at the University does not effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of members of both sexes to the extent necessary to provide equal athletic opportunity.
OCR is responsible for enforcing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 – 1688, and its implementing regulation, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity operated by a recipient of Federal financial assistance. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Department, the University is subject to the provisions of Title IX and its implementing regulation.
During its investigation, OCR reviewed information provided by the Complainant and the University. As a result of the investigation, OCR determined there is insufficient evidence to support a conclusion that the University discriminates against female students on the basis of sex, as alleged in this complaint.